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Supply Teachers

Volume 475: debated on Monday 28 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what his most recent estimate is of spending on supply teachers in maintained schools in each year from 1997-98. (201129)

The value of spend on supply teachers in maintained schools in each year from 1997-98 was as follows:

£

Supply teaching staff

Agency supply teaching staff

Total

2002/03

484,510,938

356,530,225

841,041,163

2003/04

462,741,309

372,491,669

835,232,978

2004/05

438,806,050

384,905,468

823,711,518

2005/06

454,848,557

434,073,749

888,922,306

2006/07

117,646,342

268,443,722

386,090,064

Prior to 2002/03 expenditure on supply teachers was not separately identifiable and so this data is not available. Data for the period 2007/08 has yet to be fully collated and so too is omitted from the aforementioned table.

The Department’s Educational Procurement Centre (EPC) is currently undertaking a Temporary Workers in Education project. This aims to provide schools (initially in London) with an accessible, quality driven electronic one stop shop for their temporary staff requirements. Two key benefits of this project will be safeguarding and efficiencies. All participating agencies will hold the DCSF Recruitment Employment Confederation (REC) Quality Mark, thereby meeting the requirements of the Safeguarding Children and Safer Recruitment in Education guidance. All London boroughs will be able to benefit from a safe and value adding quality central service, reducing their own resourcing requirement in relation to temporary staff and allow them to redirect to other needs.